The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (English version)
Today, Germany’s oldest radio orchestra presents itself as one of the liveliest and most innovative in Europe. In addition to its regular presence on the radio, television, and the Web, the orchestra delights a wide public with its concerts in the area served by MDR, and beyond. On a worldwide scale, the orchestra can be heard via the European Broadcasting Union (EBU/ UER), on tour, and at guest performances. Recordings of the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are being released by MDR Klassik, Neos, Naxos, SONY Classical, DG, Naϊve and other.
As a successor to Hermann Abendroth, Herbert Kegel, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Fabio Luisi, and Jun Märkl, Kristjan Järvi has since the season 2012/13 been the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, broadening its profile through new programmatic impulses and innovative concepts. In respect thereof, both were given the European Culture Award in 2013. From the 2014/15 season onward, Kristjan Järvi has been in charge of establishing and curating the festivals of the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: at the most different venues in the city of Leipzig, he presents a wide range of cross genre programs, with guests who are not only at home in the classical music world, such as Aziz Sahmaoui, Django Bates, Beat-Boxer Bellatrix, Francesco Tristano, DJ Mr. Switch, Stefano Bollani.
The orchestra takes the spirit into the present
The MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is rooted in the region of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia – i.e. in a region whose musical landscape has been shaped by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Kurt Weill. The MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA takes the innovative spirit of these composers into the present: the latest developments in music, cross-genre experiments, as well as spirited performances of the traditional repertoire. Concerts featuring artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Steve Reich, Hauschka, Múm, Julia Fischer, Angelika Kirchschlager, Renaud Capuçon, Patricia Petibon, Alexander Toradze, Sarah Chang, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Pekka Kuusisto, Gabriela Montero, Nils Mönkemeyer, Antoine Tamestit or Roby Lakatos reflect the diversity of the orchestra’s repertoire.
Renowned conductors have time and again been at the desk of the orchestra; including in the past years Roger Norrington, Ádám Fischer, Krzysztof Urbański, Tan Dun, Stefan Asbury, James Gaffigan, Markus Stenz, Alain Altinoglu, Roberto Abbado and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Studio recordings and soundtracks
Furthermore the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has made studio recordings of numerous soundtracks including Tom Tykwer’s movies "Cloud Atlas" and "Hologram for a King", for the film "The Boy" by Sundance award winner Craig McNeill, for the series "Sense8" by Andy and Lana Wachowski for "Babylon Berlin" as well as for children's films.